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1 Thornton, Alfred Don Juan (2 volumes)
London Thomas Kelly 1821 and 1822 First Full Decorated Morocco. Cloth slipcase Very Good 
8vo. 21 by 13.5 cm. x, 620, xii, 660 pp. With 31 hand-colored plates (15 in vol 1, 16 in vol 2) in the satiric style associated with Thomas Rowlandson or George Cruikshank. In its parody of Lord Byron, Volume One draws its inspiration from Mozart's and Lorenzo da Ponte's "Don Giovanni" almost as much as it does from Lord Byron's own "Don Juan", both of which are loose adaptations of the pre-existing Don Juan myth. Volume Two stands on its own, subtitled "Life in London, or, A True Picture of the British Metropolis". The impetus of this volume was the success of Pierce Egan's "Life in London", and so in this volume the wanderings and incidents of the Don Juan character throughout London is meant to poke light fun at the mores and social life of Regency London. Tooley 486. Abbey Life 323. Condition: Hinges restored. Red morocco slightly darkened by hinges. Scattered light soiling, and age toning generally along edges. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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2 Thornton, Alfred Don Juan (2 volumes)
London Thomas Kelly 1821 and 1822 First Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 8.5 by 5.25 inches, 21 by 13.5 cm. x, 620, xii, 660 pp. With 31 hand-colored plates (15 in vol 1, 16 in vol 2) in the satiric style associated with Thomas Rowlandson or George Cruikshank. In its parody of Lord Byron, Volume One draws its inspiration from Mozart's and Lorenzo da Ponte's "Don Giovanni" almost as much as it does from Lord Byron's own "Don Juan", both of which are loose adaptations of the pre-existing Don Juan myth. Volume Two stands on its own, subtitled "Life in London, or, A True Picture of the British Metropolis". The impetus of this volume was the success of Pierce Egan's "Life in London", and so in this volume the wanderings and incidents of the Don Juan character throughout London is meant to poke light fun at the mores and social life of Regency London. Tooley 486. Abbey Life 323. Some occasional light finger soiling, and age toning around the margins. Otherwise clean and tight within. Typical rubbing along the joints. Faint darkening of the tooled spines. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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3 Thornton, Alfred Don Juan (2 volumes)
London Thomas Kelly 1821 First Three-Quarter Leather Very Good Plus 
8vo. 2 volumes, with 31 handcolored plates (15 in vol 1, 16 in vol 2) in the satiric style associated with Thomas Rowlandson or George Cruikshank. xii + 660 pp., Vol 1; x + 620 pp. Vol 2. Plates and interiors in fine condition, generally clean, occasional light foxing on text pages, usual offsetting. Bindings are tight. 3/4 morocco has some shelf wear and rubbing along edges of spine. Spine itself is bright and gilt lettering bright. Altogether, VG+. This work is a loose rendering of the Don Juan tale, taking as its most immediate inspiration Byron's Don Juan, which it is of course lampooning, but there also seems to be some debt owed to Da Ponte, who wrote the libretto to Mozart's opera, "Don Giovanni". The second volume is subtitled "Life in London", and this is an adaptation of Don Juan, or a kind of sequel, with obviously London as a setting. The illustrations can best be described as fun, yet they also give us a glimpse of English citylife at the time. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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4 Williams, artist. Alfred Thornton, author. The Post Captain or Adventures of a True British Tar by a Naval Officer. With Characteristic Engravings
London. Also Edinburgh and Dublin J. Johnston principally, but also Simpkin and Marshall; Sherwood, Neely, and Jones; S. W. Fores; Macredie and Co.; Milliken 1817 First Full Morocco Very Good 
First issue of this book, printed by J. and T. Agg, bound in full red crushed morocco by Riviere and Son. Royal 8vo. 24 by 15 cm. [4], 282, [2] pp. With 24 hand-colored plates, plus hand-colored illustration on primary title page. Tooley 484. A few slightly dark spots on the leather. Minor rubbing along joints. Scattered light finger smudging on the pages. Easily a very good copy regardless. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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